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January 4, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Would lower tuition rates bolster STEM majors?
    A Florida task force has proposed stopping tuition increases for some college majors, such as science, technology, engineering and math, in an effort to raise enrollment in these fields. This approach is new to higher education, where tuition discrepancies often have revolved around raising tuition in areas such as engineering because of the costs associated with that particular major. Some caution that just because higher tuition resulted in a decrease in enrollment in these fields doesn't mean the reverse will be true. (1/3) Email this Story
  • Why students should be wary of "test-optional" colleges
    A list of 800 test-optional schools recently released by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing suggests it's possible to apply for college without test scores -- but that suggestion is misleading, Kathryn Juric writes in this opinion piece. Students need to be aware of several things about the list, Juric explains, such as that most of the schools on it do not offer a traditional four-year education and many are "test-flexible," meaning they still ask for test scores but let students choose from a broader variety of standardized tests. U.S. News & World Report (12/24)
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  • STEM Access program targets Advanced Placement courses
    The College Board is trying to help 800 high schools expand their Advanced Placement offerings in math and science and encourage more girls and minority students to take such courses. The APĀ® STEM Access Program is the result of a partnership with Google and Schools taking part in the project will commit to offering the courses for three years and are expected to roll out the new courses in the fall. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (1/3) Email this Story
  • Analysis: Innovation will still be king
    Companies are boosting research-and-development efforts and ramping up IT investment to benefit from areas such as cloud computing and virtualization, Ann Bednarz writes. "These are changing the way that businesses are delivering new products and services to their customers," says Andi Mann of CA Technologies. Network World (1/2)
  • Students increasingly connect with colleges online
    Colleges nationwide are increasingly moving the college-fair experience online, using chat rooms accessible from their websites to answer questions and reach potential applicants. "As high school students change in how they're getting their information, it's important for us to make those changes as well," Emily Engelschall, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of California, Riverside, said, adding: "Students feel more comfortable in that environment." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/1)
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British poet, critic and playwright

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